Republican strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos said he believes “we’re closer to impeachment now than we think” during a discussion on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday, suggesting that if Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore wins a special election next week, then the GOP could lose control of the House next year.
Asked if special counsel Robert Mueller “posed an existential threat” to the President Trump given former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea on Friday, Castellanos said “I don’t see that yet.”
“All we have seen is charges for tax evasion and lying to the FBI. You know, only in Washington is it an industry that people go to jail for covering up crimes they don’t commit as a standard procedure,” he said.
“But combined two converging currents, the Mueller investigation, looking for that obstruction of justice charge, and then Alabama,” he continued. “Roy Moore coming to the Senate possibly in a week. And he becomes the face of the Republican Party for the next year when we’re already in danger of losing the House. It’s likely we’ll do that without him, lose the House. Trump gets impeached.”
“We’re closer to impeachment now than we think,” Castellanos concluded.
The Hill added:
A majority in the House would have to vote for impeachment. In the Senate, a two-thirds vote is required for impeachment.
Democrats need to flip 24 seats to win back the House.
In the Senate, they would need to gain three seats — a tough proposition next year, when Republicans are defending just eight seats.
Trump has continued his support for Flynn despite his lies to him, Vice President Mike Pence, and the FBI.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.
“It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
Trump has repeatedly dismissed the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, calling it “fake news” and “an excuse made up by the Democrats for losing the election.”